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College Football Handicapping: Week 8
(6-1) USC Trojans vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (5-1)
Date: Saturday, October 21st
Time: 7:30 pm EST
Venue: Notre Dame Stadium, South Bend, Indiana
NCAA Football Spread: Notre Dame -4
NCAA Betting Total: 60.5
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We have reached week eight of the college football season and most teams are now playing in the conference portion of their schedule.
There are still a few games this weekend that are non conference though and that is the case in this one. The USC Trojans make the trip to South Bend to take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
In the last four match ups each team has won two games.
The USC Trojans come into this game having only one loss that came three games ago against the Washington State Cougars.
Even with one loss though they haven’t played up to the expectations that most people feel they should be playing up to.
In their last game they took the Utah Utes, and they really got lucky to escape that game with a win. They struggled all night but they did end up winning 28-27.
One of the guys who hasn’t played up to expectations is Sam Darnold, who most believe will be the number one pick in next year’s draft and if he isn’t that he will at least be the first quarterback taken.
He has thrown for 2063 yards and 15 touchdowns which is the positive part. Where he has struggled has been with the turnovers.
He is still making a lot of poor decisions and that has led to nine interceptions. To win this game they are going to need to get a really good game out of Darnold.
He needs to make good decisions with the football and not try to do too much. He needs to take what the defense gives him.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
On the other side of this match up is the Notre Dame Fighting Irish who are really having a nice season so far this year, but they need a win in this game if they want a chance at the college football playoffs.
They come into this game with only one loss, and that was against a very good Georgia Bulldogs team and it was only by one point.
For the Fighting Irish the success has come on the ground. They come into this game averaging 308 yards per game on the ground.
To win this game the Fighting Irish need to pound the rock. They need to try and control the pace of the game by running the ball and keeping the ball out of Sam Darnold’s hands.
If they can control the time of possession in this game they should be able to win.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- USC are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 road games.
- Over is 10-4-1 in USC last 15 non-conference games.
- Over is 6-2 in ND last 8 games overall.
- Over is 6-2 in ND last 8 non-conference games.
- ND are 3-7 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
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I expect a real grind it out game that features not a ton of scoring by either team.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: USC +4
I think at the end of the day the Fighting Irish will get the last possession and kick a field goal to win, which means USC will cover the spread.
Week 8 Free Score Prediction: Notre Dame 20 – USC 17
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